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Salt River Wild Horse Roundup Now on Hold!

Photo | Jennifer Maharry Photography

After unprecedented and intense public outcry, the U.S. Forest Service has suspended its plans to round up the famous Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and U.S. Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain are among the elected officials who have added their voices to the call to protect these beloved "icons of the West." AWHPC coalition partner, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and their attorney William A. Miller of Phoenix filed a lawsuit to stop the roundup and obtain lasting protection for these beloved horses. With the roundup on hold, both parties are now working together to develop a workable plan that will permanently protect the horses and keep them in their home in the National Forest. 

Thank you to the 13,000 AWHPC supporters who called and emailed the Forest Service to protest plans to eradicate these horses, and to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which partnered with us to send a legal letter informing the Forest Service that it would be violating federal law if it proceeded with the roundup. We'll keep you posted on the latest developments. For more information and the latest news, please click below. 


"Platero Project" Aims to Keep Wild Burros Wild

Photo | Mike Lorden

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor who has a special place in her heart for burros, AWHPC is now managing The Platero Project, a program dedicated to promoting awareness about America's wild burros and keeping them wild and free on the range. The project is named for the small donkey who is the main character of the poetic short story and Spanish literary classic "Platery y Yo" (Platero and Me) by Spanish Nobel Laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez. 

Wild burros have the same rich history and are as culturally significant as wild horses, but they receive far less attention. The Platero Project aims to change that by elevating the status of burros and increasing appreciation for these icons of the American Southwest. At the same time, the project will focus on initiatives to keep wild burros wild and free on the range. America's burros are in crisis due to their dwindling numbers, artificially low allowable population levels and the geographic fragmentation of the few remaining burro populations. Immediate action is needed to to ensure that America's wild burro populations will remain genetically viable and sustainable going forward into the future. For more information on this exciting new initiative, please click below. 


BLM Summer Roundups Underway

Photo | Mike Lorden

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to round up more than 2,000 wild horses and burros this year. While this is considerably fewer than in previous years, even one horse or burro is still too many considering the number of animals already stockpiled in holding facilities. None of the roundups to date have been deemed "emergency" actions necessary to save the lives of the animals. However, even though the number of wild horses and burros in holding has climbed to a record 60,000, the agency still continues to resist using humane birth control to manage wild horse and burro populations on the range.  

Of note in this year's roundup schedule is the increased use of water/bait trapping, however helicopter roundups are still pending in at least three Herd Management Areas (HMAs). To read more about the roundup schedule for Fiscal Year 2015, please click below.


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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.